- 1. An area of memory used for temporary storage of data waiting to be
sent to, or returned from, a device. For example printers typically have
buffers (a print buffer), disk drives will cache
data in a buffer, etc. Such a buffer can also be used to provide some
compensation for different speeds of devices.
- 2. A temporary storage area in system memory used for passing data to or
from a procedure call or another process executing within the system.
- 3. In a GIS system, a buffer represents the
total area within a certain distance of a given feature. Also known as a
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